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Prairie Artisan Ales
Oklahoma, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.

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Photo of Riff
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy, dark yellow towards golden color with a thick head of cream colored foam, at least two fingers thick. Smells of melon, peaches, and slightly of malt and bread. Tastes fruity, peaches, melon, rich breads, very little bitterness, a hint of pine, and some grapefruit towards the end. Medium-light body. Finishes fairly cleanly. Interesting beer, aroma isn't huge but the flavors certainly are. Doesn't necessarily prepare you for it. Easy, easy drinker and drinks more like a 4% beer than an 8%.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet hop nose, sweet hop taste. Different yet the same. Great yet only good. The hoppiness carries this beer through the seeetness. Very good beer with a kick.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a bottling date December 16, 2016 if I’m not mistaken (assuming that the last portion of the batch info reads as a Julian-variant date in a leap year, as 2016 was: “33662092 19:36 35116”), which would make this bottle roughly two months and two weeks old at the time of consumption. Normally, I’d leave this on the shelf due to age, but because it’s a mixed culture farmhouse ale (if I’m not mistaken) and Prairie generally does a good job with hoppy brett beers, I’m still expecting this beer to be in pretty decent shape. It’s been refrigerated for several days prior to consumption, and rolled a bit to re-suspend hops and yeast particulates.

Appearance (4.25): This pours with about two solid fingers fluffy, custard-colored foam capping a very hazy, dark orangish-tan body. The head dissipates fairly slowly, leaving a sticky collar of foamy lacing around all sides of the glass and a good bit of foam on the surface of the beer. As the beer goes on, it leaves half of a very wide collar of foam on one side of the glass. Overall, very good retention and decent lacing.

Smell (4.0): A really interesting mix of overripe peach, smooth melon, and light lime zest aromas blend into a rich body of musty, basement-dank “farmhouse” notes, like the inside of a silo, along with some fresh-cut grass, a light bit of resin, and a delicate floral scent. It’s a nicely varied, diverse set of smells coming out of the glass here.

Taste (4.0): Hmm, this contains an oddly gentle array of overripe orchard fruit (apples, pears) and rich, bready (challah, brioche, kind of eggy/buttery breads like that) flavors that blend together nicely and smoothly. They’re infused with a tastefully restrained mix of the barnyard/basement notes picked up in the nose, with dry straw and a rich, musty flavor emphasizing the savory qualities of the malt. The hop flavor, at this point in the beer’s life, is focused on a piney, resinous bitterness with a touch of yellow grapefruit pith, with some grassy component that sits somewhere between strictly bitter and more flavorful. No sign of alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Here, Prairie did an excellent job. The beer is somewhat full-bodied with a smooth, creamy body, and fine carbonation that spreads out evenly and tingles very, very nicely. In spite of the beer’s relatively heft malt, the hop oils really dry out the beer nicely, begging for another sip while remaining thoroughly satisfying.

Overall (4.0): If this is a mixed-culture beer, I’m not getting a lot of that character. That said, it’s an extremely well put-together farmhouse ale that avoids the pitfalls of most other hoppy saisons/other farmhouse styles. Now, though, I’m really curious to try an ultra-fresh version of this beer. Regardless, it’s quite good. I don’t like it nearly as much as ‘Merica or even Standard, but it’s still very good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for freshies in the future.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus juice. Tastes follows nicely with clementine, grapefruit, mango and some Belgian funk. Pretty dry with mild tartness lingering in the afternoon taste. Smooth medium bodied ale. Very nice.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle stamped 33416 (which I assume means 11/30/16)

Lightly hazed orange hue with a fat soapy head that sticks well to the surface. Fruity Belgian yeast esters, under-ripe mango, grass, tangerines, and clementines in the nose. Hoppy Belgian flavor...grassy dry hop, melon, citrus peel, flowers, and straw. Creamy medium body, finishing dry and slightly tart. A little heavy feeling for me and exhibiting more dry-hop greenness than I like, but pretty solid all around.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as a Christmas gift
Cloudy orange-yellow color
Bready, citrus smell
High carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Sweet fruity peppery taste, a little tartness, some yeast taste, smooth and hides alcohol very well
Overall a very enjoyable beer. Would drink again if it was cheaper. Saw it at Tamuras for $11.99.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Prairie Artisianal Ales (brewed & bottled by Krebs Brewing) "Prairie Hop"
16.9 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, yellow ink jet production code is illegible
$9.99 @ Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL

Notes via stream of conscious: Haha, I'm an idiot, without having read the label I was expecting a hoppy American beer, but as I poured it I could smell the mineralish Belgian yeast - and lack of bright American hops! I was reminded of La Chouffe Houblon (except that their yeast is so distinct). Massive rocky white head above a slightly hazy golden body (edit: much more cloudy with the yeast pour, and visible yeast remaining at the base of the bottle). Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma: floral, yeasty/mineralish, grainy, earthy/grassy, and mildly fruity (with some citrus/tropical included) and phenolic (I'm not sure how to describe the phenolic side, perhaps a touch clove and plastic-like). The flavor adds in a note of tea, and light chocolate (I wasn't expecting that), as well as subtle spice - or is that the alcohol? - no, probably not, it's 8 % ABV. It has depth and complexity, and remains really rounded and polished. Soft and easy to drink with a medium body and a gently zesty-then-creamy seemingly natural carbonation that's median to slightly-elevated standard. Mildly spicy and dry finish with a sharp fruity edge, grass, and earthy and mineral components to balance. Very nicely done, I think that this is one of those beers that can serve in almost any situation - full of flavor and complex, yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a Belgian ale-style tall white head with good retention. Notes of herbal hops, unripe tropical fruit - mango, papaya, passion fruit - dank cellar, peach, a bit of honey and some farmhouse funk. Medium body and carbonation, with a bitter-sweet hoppy finish.

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Photo of BigGold
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 16.9-oz. bottle, into goblet. Dry-hopping masked saison character a bit, reminding me of a dry-hopped Belgian IPA, but so far, my favorite beer from Prairie Artisan not named "Bomb!"

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gold body with a thin white head.

Nose is somewhat tart and snappy with hops. A malt overtone creeps in here, somewhat surprisingly.

Flavor is smooth with a slight tropical finish. Expected more tartness and hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly stripping.

Overall, a good quaffable beer. Less complexity than I expected.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden amber with a big three finger white head and active carbonation and lots of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light grainy and biscuit malt, lemon citrus and citrus hops. Flavor is dry grainy farmhouse malt, moderate funky yeast, lemon and orange citrus with an interesting light stone or tropical fruit flavor developing just before a dry, lightly funky finish with light citrus hops and a hint of camphor or mint. Medium bodied with sharp peppery carbonation. A nicely made dry saison, the hops seem subdued or are subsumed into the bone dry funky farmhouse yeast flavors. The subtle fruit flavors in the finish are what kept me sipping on this. It's a bit dry for my taste, and to its credit still was freshing, interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - a rich golden orange color that has a slight haziness to it (the second pour was super hazy). It poured with a gigantic white head that was super creamy and loaded with bubbles of all sizes.
Smell - a lot of hop characteristics: juicy citrus and pine resin. There are also some pepper and peach notes along with yeasty mustiness (that horse/hay note).
Taste - the taste is pretty subtle. You get the juicy citrus and pine resin as well as the peppery spices. It finishes very dry with a mix of the juicy citrus hop notes and musty barnyard yeast.
Feel - surprisingly creamy, even though it finishes very dry. There's a lot of carbonation, and the body seems about right for the style.
Overall, this is definitely a solid hop-forward Saison that blends these two different flavors quite nicely. I would like more of a pronounced taste, but I think the body and mouthfeel are pretty spot on.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Florida
Just a touch of hazy in a light golden color with a huge frothy bone white head that shows great retention. Aromas of light earthy funk with bits of sweet citrus and caramel. Light bits of metal are a bit distracting. Decent brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. It is stamped but I can't figure out the date it was bottled. Sampled on April 17, 2016.

The pour is cloudy amber-orange with a lingering white foamy head.

The aroma has a bit of Belgian yeast, toasted malt, and vague fruit characters. Nothing that really stands out but still decent.

Medium body and smooth.

Toasted bread and light fruitiness are in the taste with a mild to moderate finish. Mellow all around but not spectacular.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No label information. Prairie Hop is brewed in the style of a Dry-Hopped Saison ale, available in 16.9 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a pearl white head of a frothy foam consistency over a medium hazy amber body with ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) A hop-led nose of juicy citrus, lemon, mild tropical fruit, resinous pine, and slight peppery spice atop a clean pale and cracker malt base. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Pine, citrus, tropical fruit and white pepper hop notes with a moderate bitterness, met with a very dry malt profile of pale grain and cracker malts, a slightly effervescent and peppery yeast profile. Quite a tasty hop profile that generates a lot of flavor atop a simple, but nicely built saison base. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly resinous, clean, very dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly hoppy bitter and peppery over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nicely flavored saison ale with a good bit of hop character, quite juicy with citrus and fruit notes that does a decent job of balancing out the dryness of the malt character. Pretty tasty and a decent beer consumed fresh, if at a reasonable price. 4

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Photo of SawDog505
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass bottled I assume on the 191 of 15, a tad old. Pours a dark yellow with a 4 inch fluffy sticky white head that clings to the glass.

Smell clove, banana, hard candy, coriander, pepper, and limes.

Taste follows with clove, pepper, coriander upfront, with banana, lime, and hard candy in the background.

Mouthfeel is a little behond medium, a lot of carbonation, maybe a little dry, and good drinkability.

Overall for what it is, Classified as a Saison and that is one of my least favorite styles, this is good.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow. Beer pours with a wicked large, bubbly head that does eventually dissipate a little bit. Excellent cloudy orange appearance with some yellow in the light with some patchy lacing on the sides. Really nice aromas of spiced, lightly grassy hops mixed with citrus orange. Sharp orange-citrus flavor with a bitter/very sweet aftertaste follows the flavor. Really delicious without anything too overwhelming. Great carbonation that helps make the drink approachable and crisp. Overall, I thought this drink was fantastic across the board.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$11 16.9oz bottle. Always enjoy m'self a good Prairie beer...

...and this is one. Shocker there. Honestly, it smells like what's on the label. It smells like wet grass, flowers, and yes, I guess mushroomy (that is to say it's earthy... not really smelling like mushrooms). It's a very "clean" funk from the yeast that couples uniquely with the hops. Like a wet pine tree with a musk to it. Unusual aroma on this beer, but one that I absolutely enjoy. The taste is almost exactly like the aroma. So clean, light, refreshing... 8% ABV? Watch out. Floral, grassy, a little resinous/piney, very slightly funky with a biscuit/bread flavor...really nice. The feel is on the thin side with a pop-like carbonation, which works very well with the style, but makes this crazy drinkable for the ABV.

Great beer. Certainly expensive, but it's a treat. Very clean. The flavor is light-ish, but that makes it all-the-more impressive. It's delicate and thirst quenching, but with a very pleasant depth of flavor -- for that, I give it a 4.25 overall rating. Pick it up.

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Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 0.9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a Julian bottled on date of 19515, meaning it was bottled on 14th July 2015. It was poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy light gold colour (maybe even a bit murky) with a huge 3 finger white head that had good retention and nice lacing.

Aroma: Tropical pineapple, mango and peach, some grassiness and pear with a peppery mandarin finish.

Taste: Starts with biscuity bready malts, slight tartness with tropical mango and peach, followed by grassy and floral notes, some citrus zestiness and a mandarin, white peppery spice finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: Overall a great saison with nice tropical, zesty and spicy notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color. Head is gargantuan. Might as well take a nap while it settles down. Aroma is a conflicting combination of aggressive hoppiness & Belgian yeast. Fruity & grassy hops arm wrestle yeasty spice and phenols. The flavor is much better. The citrusy hop flavor seems to make amends with the Belgian yeast aspects. I have zero opinion of the malt because I'm trying to make sure the other two aspects of the beer play nice. Medium bodied and fairly bitter. Belgian yeast and US hops usually don't mix well with me. I'm now $13 lighter in the pocket for further reference to said opinion.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-02-16 in Columbia, PA from a 16.9oz (1/2 liter) bottle.

A - Hazy, peach-gold color with a massive 4-finger pillowy-white head into a 20-oz tulip. Moderate lace.

S - Saison yeast, earthy and herbal spice, orange flesh, lightly cooked carrots, floral.

T - More orange than the aroma. I notice the citrus first, before the Saison yeast phenols. There's a moderate bready character underneath all the citrus. Then the earthy and herbal spices and some pepper kick in followed by a really nice Citra hop finish which is all flavor and just mild-moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - My kind of Saison! Light on the phenols but still spicy and fresh tasting with an emphasis on the citrus. Nice fusion of old and new styles.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a taster glass.

A: Opaque golden with a tremendous off-white 2 finger head that wouldn't quit. Nice lacing.

S: A bit of barnyard funk mixed in with some great floral hops and fruity Belgian yeast. Peaches and mangoes dance nicely on the olfactory.

T: Light malts dance in with those terrific citrus flavors, followed by a kiss of Belgian yeast. Floral and fruity.

M: Medium with low to medium, dry carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try another winner from Prairie. Terrific.

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Photo of bnes09
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Here I was thinking this was a Belgian IPA and come to find out its classified as a Saison. Interesting how little some of these styles can vary, especially when brewed by innovative American brewers.

Pours a gorgeous orange with towering head that takes several minutes to recede enough to sip the wonderful beer beneath. Lots of yeast at the bottom of the bottle creates a milky haze.

Aroma of grass, weeds, herbs, veggies, cloves, bananas, and yeast. One of the "greenest" smelling beers I've ever purchased.

Buttery bread malt flavor. Follows the fresh botanicals in the nose with added garlic and floral notes. Very spicy overall with moderate yeast tones. Finishes on the dry side.

Moderate to medium body. Grainy, yeasty texture. Well carbonated. Creamy throughout then dry in the end.

I'm impressed yet again from this brewery. Another unique and tasty creation.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The only thing wrong with this hoppy saison is the alcohol presence.

The aroma is full of juicy pineapple peach and tangerine, along with a hint of pepper and clove.

The taste follows identically but with the tiniest bit of harshness from an almost soapy alcohol off flavor. A lovely tartness follows.

This beer is quite a beauty, a hazy golden brew with a frothy white head that lasts forever. It definitely gives fresh opal a run for it's money, but the alcohol harshness is what holds it back.

Truly an amazing example of what makes american craft brewing so great!

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Photo of teromous
3.05/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There is a code on the bottle that says:
So...yeah not really sure what the bottle date is.

Appearance: Light gold hazy body with a ridiculous amount of white foam. Even pouring carefully into a glass will produce enough foam to put out a car fire.

Aroma: It has a very nice spicy hop aroma but I'm not picking up any farmhouse character. The bottle only says "Belgian Style Ale" so I am not sure if this is supposed to be categorized as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. It certainly has the aroma of a Belgian IPA. There is a nice sweet lemon grass aroma and a bit of a floral character as well.

Taste: It's hard to really start pinning flavors down with the ethanol flavor that comes through. It's pretty strong. Otherwise there is a nice woody flavor to the beer with a touch of bitterness. There really isn't much flavor to this, as if it is watered down.

Mouthfeel: It has an extremely light body and a ton of carbonation that foams on the palate making it even lighter. It makes for a bit of an odd drinking experience as if the beer has no real presence in the mouth.

Overall: I started out really impressed with the beer. I was to the point where I would have recommended it to people who like Belgian style IPA's but unfortunately the further I went in the bottle the more I realized how empty the beer really was. It's like the beer has some nice character but no real foundation. It lacks body and a real base for the flavor to rest on. The hop character is there but very weak and rather insipid.

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